Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Little Red Lighthouse

I stumbled upon a unique angle of the George Washington Bridge in New York on National Geographic. The little red lighthouse was made famous by the book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde Swift and Lynd Ward. Perched on the corner is a little red lighthouse against the twinkling bright light of high rise towers.

Courtesy of Robert Clark From "Before New York," National Geographic, September 2009

Cliffnotes style story: The life of the red lighthouse is to shine light for boats. When the big gray bridge was built it overshadowed the lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper thought he was no longer needed. And one day a storm brewed and without the light a black tugboat crashed. The lighthouse keeper realized he is still important "each to his other place."

I did not read this story as a child and thought it was inspiring and the picture is mesmerizing. I will put it on my to-do list whenever I travel to New York City, among a long list of things.

* I loved the story and photo so much it is my computer's wallpaper. You can download the image from National Geographic


Erika said...

Ohmigosh I so adore this picture - it's going in my inspiration folder right now! And I NEED to go to New York City - love!! :)

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